RenaultReanault Espace (1984–present)
Introduced in 1984, the Renault Espace is one of the first multi-purpose vehicle (MPVs) in the world. The project was started by Matra, one of the French Renault partners, but was marketed under the Renault brand. The design featured a fibreglass body mounted on a warm-galvanised steel chassis. When the Espace was launched, it had a very slow start – a mere nine Espaces were sold in the first month. Renault continued to marketed the benefits of the MPV, and once consumers were convinced the sales went sky-high. Today, the Renault Espace is still seen as the benchmark MPV.
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